Postcode: 2758 | Distance to Sydney CBD: 90 km
Bilpin is a small town on the historic Bells Line of
Road in the City of Hawkesbury, west of Sydney. In 2006,
the town had a population of 843 people. Bilpin is
known as "Land of the Mountain Apple". Fruit orchards
and beautiful gardens thrive in the fertile soil and the
road is lined with small fruit stalls, especially during
summer. Bilpin apples and Bilpin apple juice are
well-known around Australia. There was a mention of
Bilpin Apple Juice in the ABC TV mini-series, "Changi".
Bilpin is now known as a tourist destination, with
roadside stalls and orchards where visitors can pick
their own fruit. It is close to Mount Tomah Botanic
Garden. World's Largest Fruit Bowl is located in Bilpin,
it is a roadside attraction.
The town was originally named after Archibald Bell, Jr., - Bilpin = "Bell's Pin", (pin as in pinnacle) an adventurous man who crossed the Blue Mountains at the age of nineteen in 1823. The famous children's author, Hesba Brinsmead, was brought up in Bilpin and wrote several books set in the region, including Longtime Passing (1971), for which she won the Children's Book of the Year award. In her book, she suggests that Bell was assisted by the local Aboriginal people (the Dharuk tribe) to find the way across the mountains. It has been suggested also that the traditional corroborree ground existed on the land behind Bilpin Oval.
Bilpin Community Hall is the centre of Bilpin life. It hosts a Farmer's Market on every Saturday morning between ten and twelve, as well as the annual Spring Flower show; the Mount Wilson to Bilpin Bush Run in August (which aids the Bilpin Bush Fire Brigade); and an annual quilt exhibition.
The Bilpin Arkadian Players are a local theatre group which perform several shows each year and the Bilpin playgroup and mobile preschool operate within the hall. Several community groups such as the Gardening Club and Quilting Club and Farmers' Association also meet regularly. Bilpin has a small school nearby which was opened in 1927. The 2001 census found that 677 people live in Bilpin.
Bilpin Coaches picks up local children and drops them off at Bilpin school each morning and afternoon and runs additional services for other local schools. Hawkesbury Community Transport also offers a bus service weekly for people to get to Richmond to do their shopping.